U.S. Constitution

U.S. Constitution

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  • I, Thomas Jefferson, am credited for writing most of the declaration of independence. I will be telling you about the events and troubles of the making of the U.S. Constitution. 
  • In the beginning, 13 colonies came to the new world for the first time and were then governed by the king of England.After an extension of time, the colonies were tired of being ruled by the king of England and decided to make a new government of their own.
  • The 13 colonies believed the government they left from was too strong so they decided to make a government that is not too strong. In 1777 the congress united the colonies by the articles of confederation. In the articles of confederation, it did not have a strong frame work government, the articles of confederation were more like a strong association of friendship. The article made the states individual and diplomat sand combined them all into one group. The government was very limited they were able to declare wars, conduct foreign affairs, and make treaties, basically things that will make them go to war with England.
  • The articles of confederation only lasted 10 years. The confederation congress barely had any power because of how weak it was. Since the congress had barely any power, the state delegates most of the time never showed up to vote. Farmers began to rebel because they did not want to pay their debts, this was called, the Shays rebellion. The confederation couldn't stop the Shays rebellion. This caused people to try to fix and strengthen the government.  
  • In 1787 the constitutional convention decided they should try and strengthen the central government. The constitution was then written. The Constitution was written in order to create a union between the states. I didn't want the government to have too much power so the delegates decided to make the bill of rights. The Bill of Rights limits the power of the government in the US and also protects all the citizens there. 
  • The final form of the constitution was finally approved on September 17, 1787 at the Constitutional convention. After the form was approved it was then ratified the following June. It has been about 200 years and the Constitution still governs over the United States till today. 
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